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Earthquakes, Dynamo Western Conference Clash

The San Jose Earthquakes head to BBVA Compass Stadium looking to leave closer to the playoffs.

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San Jose is headed to Houston to renew their rivalry for the third time this season. The clubs are separated by just two points in the standings, both sitting outside the top six, and playoff positions.

Houston has made legitimate progress in their climb back towards the playoff table, while San Jose is looking to snap a six-game winless streak in Houston Saturday evening.

The Dynamo have picked up points in four of their last five, most recently ending Sporting KC's six-game home unbeaten streak in their 1-1 draw last weekend. Midfielder Ricardo Clark's tally in the 78th minute sealed the draw for Houston.

The unfortunate thing for Houston, is that Clark injured himself while scoring that goal. A hamstring complication will keep Clark sidelined for Saturday's match, as well as fellow midfielder Nathan Sturgis who is serving a red card suspension. Their leading goalscorer Will Bruin, and goalkeeper Tyler Deric are both listed as questionable with knee and foot injuries.

The Quakes enter Houston looking to put an end to their current winless spell. They managed a point in last weekend's scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers. They were happy to at least record a point. Head coach Dominic Kinnear after the match against Portland:

"A point is better than the last month, so we're happy about that. We definitely had some chances. I thought we played better than we have in a while. That's the positive of it.

San Jose's current winless streak includes their last match against the Dynamo, where they suffered a 2-0 defeat.